In the last decade, people have come to associate airports and airplanes as places of stress and inconvenience. Moreton Binn, however, remembers a time when air travel was enjoyable, even glamorous. Call him nostalgic, but he aims to bring back the allure of travel. He can’t control security lines and flight schedules, but he can make your layover comfortable, relaxing, and even luxurious. Introducing XpresSpa, an airport spa service — founded by Moreton and his wife, Marisol — that offers massages, reflexology, facials, waxing, and mani/pedis while you wait for your flight. Globetrotters in their own right, Marisol and Moreton designed the XpresSpa experience to accommodate various travel scenarios — from quickie foot rubs for short connections, to indulgent 60-minute massages/facials for long layovers.
Besides a pampering at one of XpresSpa’s twenty-six airport locations, how else does Moreton travel in comfort and style? Find out in our interview below.
- What is your favorite city in the world and why?
My hometown, New York City. It’s an international cultural city with everything you could possibly want.
- What is your favorite dining spot in the world?
New York City with its 15,000 places to eat. An offbeat favorite is a Shanghai Chinese restaurant called Evergreen on East 38th Street. They have the best soup dumplings (Xiao Long Bao) with hairy crab. A few others that stand out are the Four Seasons on 52nd Street, Daniel on East 65th Street, San Pietro on East 54th, and La Bernadin on West 51st.
- What’s your favorite vacation spot?
Two favorite vacation spots: first, Marisol’s and my 22-acre animal sanctuary in Ridgefield, CT. We rescue animals mostly from farms and make them healthy and happy. The sanctuary is their home for life. We have approximately 170 animals from goats, sheep, alpacas, llamas, chickens, peacocks…the list is endless, and the number never stops growing! Second favorite vacation spot is the Amanpuri Resort in Phuket.
- Can you offer an insider tip or recommendation for your favorite vacation place?
Phuket in Thailand, the Four Seasons in Milan, and the Cipriani in Venice.
- When you travel, what is the one item you always take with you?
The XpresSpa Liquid Light-Up Pen so that I can get work done when the lights are turned off on international flights, and the XpresSpa Ultra-Soft Gel Mask with a cooling Gel Pad for those occasions when I get the opportunity to nap.